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Targeted for use in medium-sized, single-room installations with up to nine microphones, ClearOne Communications' Converge 560 and 590 professional audioconferencing systems offer microphone distribution boxes that convert analog mic signals to digital data on a single Cat5 cable. The systems enable users to connect up to nine wireless, tabletop, button, or podium mics using XLR connectors. Each system includes a dedicated wired or wireless controller, and can interface with video codec systems and serial controllers. Available in two models, the Converge 560 features two mic distribution boxes with three XLR connectors per box, an audio mixer, and a wired or wireless controller. The Converge 590 also includes a third mic distribution box. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, contact ClearOne Communications at 800-945-7730 or at www.clearone.com.Modular digital audio system controller
The NetMax N8000 modular digital audio system controller from Electro-Voice is fully customizable, and can be networked with multiple units for use in larger sound systems. The 2RU rack space unit can be configured into one of six matrix layouts, and provides up to 32 channels of digital audio. The N8000 offers the company's IRIS-NET version 2 protocol, which enables users to choose distributed or central processing. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, contact Electro-Voice at 952-884-4051 or at www.electro-voice.com.